Center for Teaching and Learning

The International TA Program was founded in 1984 to help prepare newly appointed international TAs for their roles as graduate Teaching Assistants at the University of Washington, and to assist them while they are teaching. Approximately 15% of the TAs at UW are international students, and these TAs are assigned to a variety of roles including grading, holding office hours, tutoring, leading quiz sections, conducting labs, and lecturing.

Participation in CTL’s International TA Program is required for all TAs who completed their bachelor’s degree outside of the United States and self-identify on their UW Graduate School application as native speakers of languages other than English. All international graduate students are welcome to participate in the International TA Program, including program events, workshops, and individual consultations on teaching.

"University of Washington class sitting on a lawn. Photo by Doug Plummer."

The ITA Program has two parts:

1. Required workshops at the Annual TA/RA Conference on Teaching, Learning, and Research in September.

2. Optional individual consultations as requested by the TA and/or by the TA’s department, and workshops during the academic year.

Conference workshops and individual consultations focus on a variety of topics related to teaching effectively at UW and communicating clearly in English.

The following pages contain information for international TAs, for faculty supervising international TAs, and for departments who employ international TAs. (LINKS COMING SOON!)

  • For international TAs
  • For faculty working with international TAs
  • For departments employing international TAs